Ricky Gervais in Talks for Human Lead in Disney's 'The Muppets' Sequel
After shooting a cameo for The Muppets that ended up on the cutting room floor, it looks like Disney is enlisting the talents of the original "The Office" creator and comedian Ricky Gervais for a much larger role this time. Heat Vision has word that Gervais is now in talks to take the lead human role in the sequel, which will be just as involved as Jason Segel's role from the first film last year. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") recently replaced Christoph Waltz as an Interpol agent in pursuit of our favorite puppets for some reason, but details on the character Gervais will be playing are unavailable as the script is being kept secret.
Gervais has already taken time to chill out with some friends of the Muppets as he stopped by "Sesame Street" back in 2009. Here's one of the scenes he did with Elmo to give us an idea of how this will play out:
Gervais is one of my favorite comedians, and his hosting of the Golden Globes has been a breath of fresh air in the stuffy awards season. Of course, he'll be holding back some of the adult humor for the Disney film, but the above clip of Gervais on "Sesame Street" shows that he'll have no problem with that. However, we're still wondering how this story will play out with Segel not returning to write or star. James Bobin is back to direct with a script he co-write with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, so we're hoping for the best when the film starts shooting in London next year. Stay tuned.